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All Aboard! The Best Ultra-Luxury Train Trips Around the World

There’s a well-deserved romance that surrounds train journeys: They let you immerse yourself in the surrounding landscapes while filling every languid moment with old-world elegance. The best are ones that go beyond just getting from place to place, where the ride itself is an experience: “To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers—in fact, to see life,” wrote Agatha Christie.

From the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Europe to Vietnam’s Vietage, these eight storied trains promise to make the journey as important as the destination.

Africa: Rovos Rail:
Travelers can traverse the African continent’s most beautiful landscapes on journeys ranging from two to 14 nights: from Durban, South Africa, to Namibia to the recently added Copper Trail that navigates Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. Vintage wood-paneled coaches with panoramic windows and plush textiles set a sophisticated backdrop for world-class cuisine paired with some of South Africa’s finest wines, served on fine china and glassware with crisp linens and silver. Read more…

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